Cognitive Decline Treatment Q&A
There are some signs of cognitive decline such as forgetting appointments, feeling overwhelmed while making decision, and forgetting conversations. Addressing the underlying cause can dramatically improve cognition. Dr. Nassar MD can help prevent, diagnose and reverse cognitive decline. For more information, contact us today or schedule an appointment online. Visit our clinic today located at 255 Terracina Blvd Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373.
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If you or someone you care about are showing signs of cognitive decline, it can feel unsettling. While this is normal, the appearance of cognitive decline should not feel like the beginning of the end, as there are many things you can do to improve your cognitive health. In some cases, cognitive decline can even be reversed, although there are other cases where it cannot. At the clinic of Mohamed Nassar, MD, we would be happy to answer any questions you have about cognitive decline treatment and even happier to help you find ways of improving your cognitive health.
It can sometimes be challenging to differentiate the signs of cognitive decline with symptoms of general fatigue, illness, or just an off day. With that in mind, cognitive decline occurs over a gradual timeframe with signs that slowly become more noticeable or resemble a pattern. Some of those signs include:
– Behavioral or mood changes, such as the sudden onset of anxiety or depression
– Decreased organizational skills
– Diminished sense of direction or ability to understand directions and instructions
– Feeling increasingly overwhelmed when you have to make plans, decisions, or carry out tasks
– Frequently forgetting about appointments, dates, recent events or conversations, or social engagements
– Increased impulsivity or loss of inhibition
– More irritable or easily aggravated
– Problems with vision
– Repeatedly asking the same questions or telling the same story
– Trouble recognizing familiar faces or places
The signs of cognitive decline or mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are categorized into amnestic MCI and non-amnestic MCI. Amnestic MCI involves impairments with memory, while non-amnestic MCI involves impairments with other thinking skills and fine motor skills.
There is no set age for when cognitive decline starts, but it can begin as early as age 45. With that being said, it usually does not occur until individuals are in their 70s or older.
There is no precise cause of cognitive decline, and all of the possible causes of cognitive decline are yet to be discovered. While aging is the most common cause or contributing factor to cognitive decline, it can also occur due to various medical conditions, many of which are treatable. With that in mind, some medical conditions that have been known to cause cognitive decline include:
– Alzheimer’s disease or dementia
– Anxiety, depression, and stress
– Brain damage
– Certain medications, such as anticholinergics, sedatives, or tranquilizers
– Conditions that inhibit or release too much blood flow to the brain
– Hormonal or metabolic imbalances
– Parkinson’s disease
– Sleep apnea
– Substance abuse or withdrawal
Whether it is possible to reverse cognitive decline depends on the primary cause of the cognitive decline in each case. In some cases, cognitive decline cannot be reversed but can be slowed with the proper treatment and lifestyle habits. For instance, there is no cure for cognitive decline caused by aging, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, or Parkinson’s disease. Still, there are effective treatments that can minimize the effect of those conditions. In other cases, particularly when a general health condition or medication is causing the cognitive decline, it can be reversed or improved upon by changing the medication or finding the right treatment option.
We are proud to provide highly effective treatment options for individuals dealing with cognitive decline at the clinic of Mohamed Nassar, MD. If you would like more information about cognitive decline, treatment options or want to make an appointment with us, please feel free to do so by calling us or scheduling an appointment on our website. The clinic of Mohamed Nassar, MD, is located at 255 Terracina Blvd, Suite 105 Redlands, CA 92373. We serve patients from Redlands CA, Loma Linda CA, Highland CA, San Bernardino CA, and Grand Terrace CA.